WELL BEING FOR EVERY BODY
Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing. It’s different from other forms of exercise class as it connects the movement of the body and the fluctuations of the mind to the rhythm of our breath, allowing us bring balance to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
our yoga sessions
If you’ve never done yoga before, the idea of coming to class can be quite daunting but there’s no need to be concerned. The classes are really friendly and lots students arrive on their own and make new friends.
If you’re feeling a bit nervous, it can help to know what to expect when you get there – there’s some information below to get you started, but feel free to drop us an email or give us a call. We’re always happy to help.
At the beginning of the class we spend a few minutes checking in and calming down, persuading your mind to move away from your ‘to do’ list, maybe begin to slow down and settle a little more, and consciously bring your mind to focus on your practice instead. In some classes this is sitting on the floor, in others it’ll be lying down.
These are stretches, releases and strengthening called asana – in different positions -lying down, sitting or standing – to gently release tension, increase flexibility, improve balance and build strength. They can be tailored to suit your body and your needs. Most importantly, you don’t have to be very flexible to start a yoga practice, if you need a chair for comfort that’s totally fine too.
Most of the time we only use a small amount of our lung’s potential and stress compels the body to breathe high and fast. Breathing techniques in yoga called ‘pranayama’ are designed to improve your breathing. Your breath is also intertwined with your mind, making it a perfect way to release mental as well as physical tension.
Relaxing at the end of class allows the body and mind to absorb the benefits of yoga and to help to refresh mind and body by resting completely. Like any skill, it improves with practice. I use simple techniques to help you to relax and many students are surprised to find how deeply they relax.
We take time at the end to ‘come back down to earth’ so you’re safe for your journey home again. In our community yoga classes you are welcome to stay for a warm cup of herbal tea if you fancy it too!
Dozens of scientific trials of varying quality have been published on yoga. While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on its health benefits, most studies suggest yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There’s some evidence that regular yoga practice is beneficial for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, aches and pains – including lower back pain – depression and stress.
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All profits from our bespoke Reiki sessions go towards free yoga and wellbeing classes for vulnerable groups in the Forth Valley area.